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The Road to Hell is Paved with Works-in-Progress

So I’m sitting here in Starbucks, staring at my computer screen, my to-do list, and the Word documents that have my new novel on it. It’s not that I have writer’s block so to speak, because I have a million ideas. Not to be too cocky, but they’re pretty good ones, too. Whenever I tell people the basis of my new book, they get excited, and they tell me that it sounds exciting and interesting.

That’s awesome. It really is. Now if I could only find the right way to write it so that the awesome ideas aren’t lost in the shuffle of awful writing.

That’s my biggest issue with writing. By nature, I’m more of a beautiful description kind of person. I get caught up in describing and telling my reader what is going on. (Think Jane Austen – that’s my automatic writing style.) I’ve gotten better about it, but I won’t deny that sometimes I have to rewrite things to make sure that my reader doesn’t get confused or lose interest.

Philp Roth quote about writing kate the almost great

Like I mentioned, I’m working on my next novel. I don’t really work on it during the school year because I don’t have the time for it. This means that I set goals for myself for how much writing I need to achieve during my time off.

Of course, I have to flexible some times. Writing doesn’t always work out the way you want it too. And that’s okay. For example, when I sat down to start writing again, it turns out that I was working on the most important scene in the book so far. It’s definitely in the top 5 moments of important scenes overall. I need to do it right to set the tone for the main event of the book, so I would rather take my time than write it poorly for the sake of writing my 2,000 words a day.

I ended up taking around 5 hours over 2 days for a 500-word scene. And I’ll probably go back to it later and spend another 5 hours on it to make it absolutely perfect. But it was worth it.

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On a different note, I have a couple of reminders for you and another giveaway!

1. My birthday giveaway
2. My reader survey
3. I’m participating in another giveaway with Miss Glam Dan for her birthday!

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  • Reply Brittney, Breaking Free

    Im sure it will be great :))

    June 11, 2014 at 2:39 pm
  • Reply Marla Rogers

    Go you! I'm excited for you to come out with your next masterpiece :] You're so motivating…I need to start writing more.

    June 11, 2014 at 3:55 pm
  • Reply Mahdi Martin

    My best birthday memory would be my first official date with my partner of nine years. It was my 21st birthday, and I had a huge margarita and met the most wonderful man in my life!

    June 11, 2014 at 4:42 pm
  • Reply Kendra Loisel

    That's so exciting. It is totally okay to take all the time in the world, as long as you love it. You're on you time!

    June 11, 2014 at 10:12 pm
  • Reply Mika P.

    I'm so excited for you as you write your novel. That's incredibly awesome and time-consuming. Best of luck! Also, my best birthday memory would probably be my sweet sixteen. I had a huge pool party and a bunch of my classmates/friends came and it was just so wonderful.

    June 16, 2014 at 4:38 pm
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